House-full TTF in Mumbai

To boost domestic and outbound travel
220 exhibitors from 21 states and 5 countries

After hugely successful shows in Ahmedabad and Surat, the stage is now set for TTF, India’s largest travel tradeshow network, which opened today at Mumbai’s Nehru Centre, to woo the travel trade from the city of Mumbai and its hinterland for the peak Diwali vacation season, followed by the Winter holidays.

TTF is India's leading show for the travel and tourism industry, providing an annual opportunity to organisations from all over India and abroad to showcase their products and services. Travel trade visitors and actual tourists can interact with tourism boards, tour-operators, travel agents, hoteliers and airlines to gather information and make their national and international travel plans. TTF thus presents an unparalleled marketing opportunity for exhibitors to directly connect to the large gathering of prospective travellers and members of the travel industry.

TTF Mumbai has grown 25% over last year, with 220 exhibitors from 20 states and 8 countries, showing strong trends in the travel sector. 12 states are participating at the level of State Tourism Boards : Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Goa, Gujarat, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh. Other 9 states which are being represented through their private sector stakeholders are Andaman and Nicobar, Daman and Diu, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Puducherry, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.

International sellers from Nepal, Maldives, Canada, and Bhutan are also be exhibiting in TTF Mumbai, along with the host country, India.

Jaykumar Rawal, Maharashtra Tourism Minister said “I am glad to learn that Fairfest Media Ltd. is organizing TTF in Mumbai from 15th to 17th September, 2017. TTF helps in creating employment, and promoting understanding, peace and harmony. It also encourages domestic tourism, the backbone of the Indian tourism industry. I am sure that TTF would go a long way in providing fillip to tourism industry in the country.”

Commenting on the significance of TTF, Sanjiv Agarwal, Chairman & CEO, Fairfest Media Ltd (organiser of TTF), remarked, “TTF West Series is designed to cater to the tourism industry in the region, the biggest tourism market in the country, at a strategically important time before the high season of Diwali”.

The first half of the 3-day show, till 2pm on Saturday, is reserved for travel trade visitors, after which the show will be open for all.

TTF Mumbai will be followed by TTF Pune (September 22-24), together comprising the biggest tourism market in India.

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Home Credit unveils exciting festive campaign offering borrowers a chance to buy products of their choice

– Campaign to cover over 30 cities across 13 states for purchase of home appliances, laptop/tablets, mobile phones and two-wheelers

Home Credit India Finance Pvt. Ltd., one of India’s fast-growing Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFC), aiming to provide consumer finance to all, has announced an exciting campaign during the festive season. The unique festive campaign offers customers, especially first-time borrowers in over 30 cities across 13 states, a chance to buy products of their choice at customized EMIs. The company’s offerings primarily consist of providing in-store financing (direct non-cash loans in retail outlets) to qualified customers looking to purchase home appliances, laptop/tablets, mobile phones and two-wheelers.

Home Credit India services its growing customer base of over 4 lakh through a strong network of over 2,500 Points-of-Sale (PoS). The company is a part of Home Credit B.V., an international consumer finance provider with operations in 11 countries across Europe, Asia and North America. The integrated marketing campaign will run across channels such as radio, OOH and others. Customers can also give a missed call at the phone number 9004690046 to speak to a Home Credit Loan Expert.

Announcing the campaign, Mr. Manu Pal, Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer, Home Credit India said “Through our unique festive campaign, we at Home Credit hope to brighten up the festive season for everyone, even those who traditionally do not have access to organized financial institutions, by offering them a chance to buy their dream products through a customised EMI plan. India is a critical growth market for us and our long-term objective is to become the first and most trusted choice for consumer credit in the country.”

The company is currently operating in Delhi NCR, Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Jaipur, Lucknow, Pune, Bhopal, Indore, Kanpur, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Jodhpur, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kota, Jabalpur, Kochi, Agra, Nagpur, Raipur, Surat, Nashik, Mysore, Madurai, Vizag and will soon be present in many more. Home Credit India is headquartered in Gurgaon and total employee strength is over 4,500 and growing.

GIA’s Globally Recognised Graduate Diamonds Diploma Programme Debuts in Hyderabad

World-class gemmology education for industry professionals

GIA will offer its internationally recognised Graduate Diamonds (GD) Diploma programme in Hyderabad, a major consumer market for gems and jewellery and home to many well-known jewellery brands. The seven week programme commences on August 20, 2015 and will be taught by experienced instructors. The course allows professionals and aspiring professionals from the South India, an easy access to world-class gemmology education.

The GD programme combines theory and hands-on practical learning to teach students the GIA-created 4Cs (Colour, Cut, Clarity and Carat weight) of diamond quality and how to grade diamonds in the D-Z colour range. Students will learn how to use gemmological instruments to grade and identify diamonds; how to detect synthetics, treatments, simulants and fracture-filled diamonds; and how to confidently speak the language of diamonds to suppliers, vendors and customers.

In addition to classroom lessons, GIA facilitates hands-on learning through regular market visits – such as manufacturing facilities and retail houses – to gain an understanding of day-to-day business. Students have a unique opportunity to experience the journey of a diamond from mine to market.

The Institute conducts its GD programme in cities throughout India, including Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Surat and Jaipur. GIA, the global leader in gem and jewellery education, also offers courses on diamonds, coloured stones, pearls, merchandising, jewellery design, retail and more. The Institute conducts regular corporate seminars on jewellery-related topics across 60 cities in India.

For more details about GIA in India, call 09500044181or toll free no – 1800 102 1566 or visit, email

Maruti 800 no longer on sale in major cities from today

Maruti 800 no longer on sale in major cities from today

Maruti Suzuki India would stop selling their Maruti 800 model in major Indian cities from today.

This model is no longer in compliance with the latest emission norms. It would still be sold in rest of the country.

Maruti 800 would not be on sale in 13 cities including New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, Kanpur, Ahmedabad, Surat and Agra.

Maruti 800 no longer on sale in major cities from today

Some other models that are in the same category from other car manufacturers: Ford Ikon (1.3 petrol), Fiat Palio, Skoda Fabia (1.2 petrol) and Octavia (1.9 TDI engine) and Chevrolet Tavera (2.5DI).

Maruti is still considering if they want to upgrade the engine in Maruti 800 to make it compatible with Bharat Stage IV so that it can be sold in these cities.

Industry sources say that Suzuki is working on bringing in their Suzuki Cervo model to replace Maruti 800 in the country.

Maruti 800 would soon disappear from 13 cities in India

Maruti 800 would disappear from 13 cities in India

Maruti Suzuki India has confirmed that they have no plans to update their M800 model with a new engine to make it compliant with the latest emission norms.

This means that Maruti 800 would no longer be on sale in around 13 cities in India from April this year.

These cities would come under the latest Bharat Stage IV norms. The cities where Maruti 800 would no longer be legal for sale are: Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, Kanpur, Ahmedabad, Surat and Agra.

India would implement these emission norms countrywide by 2015-16. Maruti 800 could be sold in the rest of the country till that time in its current form.

This could turn out to be a bad new development for the company as Tata Nano would still be on sale in these 13 cities and it is much cheaper than Alto which would now become the cheapest hatchback on sale here.

Bharat Stage IV Emission Norms

Bharat Stage IV Emission Norms

India would get the latest Bharat Stage IV emission norms from April 2010.

These emission norms would be applied to 11 cities:

Delhi NCR (Gurgaon, Faridabad, Sonepat, Alwar, Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad)
Kanpur and

Maruti 800 to disappear from 11 cities next year

Maruti 800 to disappear from 11 cities next year

Maruti Suzuki India has announced that they would stop selling their low cost Maruti 800 model in as many as 11 cities from next year.

These include the four metro cities in the country.

This is primarily because of the tightening emission norms that would be applicable soon.

Maruti said: “We will not be selling the M800 and Omni vans in the 11 major cities where BSIV norms set in from next year. However, this in no way means that we will discontinue or phase out the models, as these would continue to be sold in other cities and towns where BSIII norms would be applicable.”

The cities where it would not sell from next year are:

Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, Kanpur, Ahmedabad, Surat and Agra.

It would still sell in rest of India because the tougher emission norms would not be applicable in those regions.